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  1. Re: How many film holders do you bring for a day out?

    It depends, but your answer will depend on a few trips out to see what your average is per day...

    I keep 8 4x5 holders loaded and ready when I go out, but possible I could use more when...
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    Re: Pentax 67 fisheye on a 4x5 Sinar

    I must have got lucky years ago when I bought a (cheap) Kenko ser# 7 screw-on fisheye adapter that worked very well...

    Best worked with semi-wide to wide lenses on all formats, but usually used...
  3. Re: Anybody used condenser lenses to build a taking lens?

    Sharpish in center, focus falls off rapidly off axis unevenly, weird "bokeh"...

    Probably a subject worthy of it (like a gypsy fortune teller etc)...

    Try it, and with a waterhouse stop...
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  4. Re: Accidental Kodak Ektar development in Ilford DD-X

    First developer of C-41 is essentially a B/W developer (with a powerful restrainer), but next bleach step removes silver, and dyes remain underneath silver proportional to silver density...

    You...
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    Re: Butane for developer preservation

    A free source of inert gas is your breath... Take a drinking straw and blow a big exhale into the airspace of your developer storage bottle... The CO2 displaces oxygen, and my stock solutions are...
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    Re: New Autofocus 4x5"

    How will it's "brain" deal with a little tilt/swing???

    Or selective focus point???

    Steve K
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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 Bellows Replacement

    Gloppy compounds applied to bellows outside have a tendency to not dry completely even long periods of time, and even after weeks of drying, can stick to itself when bellows are compressed, then...
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    Re: Photo Era Favorite & Why

    I'll go with the pre-WWII era... High quality, affordable gear mass produced for an expanding market...

    An example is enlargers... Decades before, was a high tech item (often custom), for the very...
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    Re: How Did We Come To LF?

    Got my first sheet film camera at age 12... Photog mentoring me insisted I get a SG, and found a baby graphic... Started teaching me, and told me I wouldn't make a dime in the industry unless I could...
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    Re: Calling shop wizards: Wash widget needed

    But as reported here recently, stream washing has drawbacks and wastes water... Maybe for a prewash, but soaking with change of water trays is more archival... (Ilford and other sources have more...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    Add focusing after stopping down with filter on, and things get dimmer...

    And for those who like shooting very old lenses, often colors focus differently in those under corrected optics...
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    Re: Horseman L45 With Wide Angle

    Used one often on pro shoots, but was never sure it could handle very heavy lenses, and always was careful to keep a hand on FS while operating controls, because I wasn't sure of the standard balance...
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    Re: Levels on Tachihara

    Many camera levels aren't very accurate anyway, so best solution is to go to a hardware store and buy a torpedo level to just place on camera while shooting... Even a cheap torpedo level is much...
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    Re: Horseman L45 With Wide Angle

    The only other tip I will add for these fine L series cameras is the one weak link with these is some of the lever locks are a hollow, thinner plastic that can crack over time, but if you are...
  15. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    For re-spooling, I recommend trying Foma roll films, as the film is (annoying) flat normally, and tends to cling to the backing paper, but for re-spooling, it would be much easier to backroll without...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    Other filters were useful for B/W also... A studio exec from Capitol Records had a stack of badly fading/stained publicity 8X10's all signed by their recording artists to her, but prints were nearly...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    I tend to just treat a polarizer filter as a 1 stop ND filter, as the extra cut is usually used for suppressing highlights, and usually just partially polarize outdoor stuff, then maybe allow an...
  18. Re: Film and winter temperature swings going on location

    Another benefit of the "mask-up" trend, is other uses for masks... Used them while on camera cuts fog on GG or viewfinder... Other uses include not fogging up car windows on cold, wet nights, a...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    Unless you want a big, dark "kidney bean" in the blue sky... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Mini Tripods Solutions for Macro 4x5?

    Just don't come up with icicles on your chinny-chin-chin... (ouch!!!) ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Mini Tripods Solutions for Macro 4x5?

    The thing that sux about these is having to lay on the ground to shoot (boat cushions help)... And had to shoot with the front rise jacked up, so GG image was even lower, so I had my chin to the...
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    Re: Progress on Film Drying Cabinet

    Just putting a 100W incandescent light bulb near the bottom would provide enough heat in a cabinet, without creating much air movement that carry much dust around and without air turbulence issues......
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    Re: Mini Tripods Solutions for Macro 4x5?

    I have attached a tripod head to a 14" square of heavy plywood for low angle 4X5 use... I would rig a cinderblock with a head if needed...

    Every time I replace brake drums or rotors, I am always...
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    Re: Xenotar condition opinions?

    One has to be careful with Xenotar's of this period, as the front glass of this time was very sensitive to "environmental" factors (such as moisture/fungus/calcification etc) that easily caused spots...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    Some things I learned on many pro car shoots I have worked on is that car designers actually design body surfaces to reflect light to give surfaces "body" and form... That light is a key ingredient ...
  26. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    I find for 1st (or fast) visits somewhere, I keep my "rig" very simple as I may not have much time to explore/scout a new location at first, so use gear I can shoot quickly/easily (even handheld)...
  27. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    Shoot what you are most comfortable with on rollfilm...

    Shoot to make it count...

    Steve K
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    Re: Progress on Film Drying Cabinet

    Hanging it in a steamed-out shower stall works for me...

    Steve K
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    Re: No Rectangles No Edge Prints?

    Well, one thing I think a no-no for me is no black borders... They seem to box or "cage" in the image...

    Bernice Abbot wrote years ago about something she described as "organic borders", where...
  30. Re: Question for chemistry--especially D-23--experts

    Any used developer will exhibit changes upon re-use (more & less)... Even if density is acceptable, the "look" of the image can change... Using months old used solutions means storage issues come...
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    Re: Dicromat Fan repair

    Hook a voltmeter to the fan leads and see if there is power to them...

    Fan should be marked for AC or DC voltage required and CFM...

    If leads are live, generic replacement fans are available...
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Conventional film, but just starting to use double sided X-ray soon... I expect it should work ok, but haven't tried yet...

    Steve K
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    I use dip tanks with even results... Was trained to lift hangers slowly/evenly and allow a pause of a couple/few seconds when tilted/lifted, then re-immersed slow evenly... The "agitation" is not...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Nice stuff, and great you are exploring!!! Would love to study the possibilities of the site of the first shot, what a hill(s)!!! Long lens???

    Happy holidays, everyone... Peace (+ sanity) on...
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    Re: Canadian Chemical Supplier for Diafine

    There is a "simplified" version of this formula that uses just the more common ingredients (easier to source)... Worked well, but slightly less Dmax which might help tame difficult contrasts... Sorry...
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    Re: Grafmatic Back Operation

    If you have room under camera to operate slides???

    Steve K
  37. Re: Using a Neutral Density Filter on a Rear Lens Element

    There are Kodak Wratten/Calumet ND camera gels still floating around unused still in good shape... I can still buy them for $1- $3 in camera store clearance bins, but might take some time to find all...
  38. Re: Using a Neutral Density Filter on a Rear Lens Element

    If it's a gel, no problem... Others might work, but you have to test in advance...

    Changing ND filter while inside camera will slow operations down, as lens or back will have to be removed to...
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    Re: Grafmatic Back Operation

    What happens is the film can slide a little out of the septum and get in the way of the shuffle sequence... More of an issue when in a vertical orientation, and gets shook when the septum bangs while...
  40. Re: Dim Groun Glass on Arca Swiss Model B..........

    While you are on the fone with them, make sure you ask if the GG is a standard mounting/installation with the new glass, as sometimes the GG/fresnel can be stacked in odd orders/orientations on some...
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